Outerwear Combos for All Sorts of WeatherPosted by Whole Earth | 11.20.2020
Outerwear Combos for All Sorts of Weather
Some mornings it’s difficult to choose a jacket for the day. It may be cold and rainy at the moment but the forecast calls for unseasonably warm temperatures by midafternoon. So what do we pick? Thankfully, we’ve got a good selection of outerwear in our closet, so we opt for a waterproof shell and a lightweight fleece jacket, and we’re set for the day. The combination of the two will keep us warm and dry in the morning, and when the weather warms up, the fleece will be the perfect jacket for the afternoon. Learning to layer outerwear pieces can multiple our options when we’re preparing for all sorts of weather.
Let’s start with shells. They’re usually designed using lightweight man-made fibers to keep out wind and rain. Not all shells are waterproof. Some are water resistant, using a DWR, durable water repellent finish. A well-made shell will also have sealed seams and a water resistant zipper with a storm flap. The KUHL Women's Voyagr Jacket is waterproof, hooded, has a breathable lining, zippered hand and interior pockets, and the waist can be cinched in should we want a more feminine look.
For days that are wet and cold, we add a fleece to the shell. The fleece creates a cushion of warm air around our arms and core that is protected from wind and rain by the shell. The Patagonia Women's Classic Synchilla Jacket is made with 100% recycled polyester fleece (good for the planet!) and fair trade sewn (good for people!). It also has zippered handwarmer and interior pockets. The flattering princess seams on front and back make it a favorite for cool days.
If we’re hiking or working outdoors, vests can be a good choice. Vests keep the core warm and allow the free movement of our arms. The North Face Men's ThermoBall Eco Vest is lightweight and planet-friendly. Its ThermoBall insulation is made from 100% postconsumer plastic and retains its loft and traps heat even in wet weather. Made of tough ripstock that’s wind and water resistant with zippered pockets, the vest packs into its interior pocket for storage or travel.
When it comes to a heavier “winter coat” there are several types to choose from.
Patagonia’s Men's Maple Grove Canvas Jacket was made for work outdoors or for everyday wear. The tough stretch canvas is lined with ¼ inch polyester fleece and has shoulder pleats that allow for a wide range of motion. The cut is boxy so there’s room to layer with a vest or fleece for extra warmth on colder days. The jacket is weather resistant and has slightly longer sleeves which help to keep gloves in place while working. No gloves? Use the snaps for a tighter fit at the wrist.
If we’re heading out into cold weather we’ll wear the lightweight Cotopaxi Men's Fuego Down Hooded Jacket. The Fuego is made of water-resistant nylon ripstock insulated with responsibly sourced certified down. Elastic binding at the hood and cuffs and a drawstring at the waist work to keep out drafts. There are zippered handwarmer pockets, and the jacket can be packed into an interior pocket for carrying in a pack or bag. And if we’re facing cold, cold weather, we’ll wear the Fuego with a fleece as a midlayer.
If you’re looking for layers that perfectly coordinate for cold weather, you’re in luck! There are several options from some of our favorite brands. Known as three-in-one jackets, they’re made up of an outer shell with a lining that can be zipped in or worn as a separate jacket. So it’s three jackets in one – a shell, a lined jacket and a lightweight jacket!
The North Face Men’s Altier Down Triclimate Jacket will keep a body warm in cold weather. The shell is made of waterproof and windproof material and has a taffeta lining, velcro cuff tabs, a storm flap for the front zipper, and an adjustable hood. The second jacket which zips into the shell, is made with a water resistant nylon fabric and insulated with RDS, Responsible Down Standard, certified down. Both the shell and the insulated jacket have secure zip pockets. With the Altier we’re ready for a summer rainstorm and a winter blizzard!
The Patagonia Women's Tres 3-in-1 Parka is a versatile coat that’s great for outdoor activities and for everyday winter wear. The shell is made of a breathable waterproof and windproof twill and has a removable, adjustable hood, and a storm flap with snaps. The water resistant zip-out coat is insulated with recycled duck and goose down. The parka has attachment tabs to ensure proper alignment when the jackets are joined together. And both pieces have zippered handwarmer and interior pockets and princess seams giving them an attractive silhouette.
The Patagonia Girls 4-In-1 Everyday Jacket adds reversibility to the three-in-one model. The zip-out jacket is reversible with a water resistant polyester taffeta on one side and on the other, a high pile polyester fleece. Girls can choose which side is more comfortable as the lining and which they prefer, sleek or fleecy, as a lightweight jacket. The shell has a hood and is waterproof and windproof, perfect for rainy days. Put the two jackets together and your girl is ready for cold, wet and windy days. Patagonia clothing for kids is made to last. You can pass the 4-in-1 on to a younger sibling, cousin or friend. There are multiple lines on the name tag!
So what’s in your closet? With a few well-chosen outerwear pieces you’ll be ready for just about any weather that Mother Nature sends your way.